Quinn was the first Australian-born major leaguer; there wasn't another until Craig
Shipley was called up by the Dodgers in 1986. Originally an "Onion," as Union Association
players were called, Quinn became a fine second baseman who changed teams 11 times
in his 17 ML seasons. He managed Cleveland for most of 1899 after Frank Robison,
who owned both clubs, sent the team's best players to the Cardinals. Cleveland finished
20-134 with the lowest winning percentage (.130) in ML history. In the off-season
Quinn was a mortician.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»August 29th, 1888: Australian-born Joe Quinn makes his debut with Boston a memorable one by hitting a game-winning HR in the bottom of the 9th to beat the Giants' Tim Keefe 2-1.
»September 29th, 1892: The Beaneaters overcome 14 errors, including 5 by 2B Joe Quinn, to defeat Washington 12-8. Quinn will led the NL's second basemen in fielding percentage with a mark of .951.